Veneers Versus Bonding in a 16 Yr Old. Severe White Patches We Believe Occurred from Childhood Medication.

Veneers Versus Bonding in a 16 Yr Old.  Severe White Patches We Believe Occurred from Childhood Medication.

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Porcelain Veneers vs Bonding on 1 year old

Good question and judgement question.  If you are a candidate for non-prep or minimal prep veneers, this would be a good option to consider and will most likely last longer than bonding.

If you asked me this 5 years ago, I would have said bonding. With the advent of new porcelains that can be made 3/10ths of a mm thick and esthetic, porcelain becomes a consideration. On either end be sure to be picky when selecting a cosmetic dentist and look at his/her before and after photos of similar cases.  Close up photos, not only full facial photos.


Good luck


Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF

Houston Dentist
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Bonding or Veneers for White Spots on 16 yr old

You could argue etiher way and not be wrong.  I would lean towards bonding and then plan to replace it down the road when the patient is in their 20's and growth is complete.  That will give the veneers the best chance to look great and stay that way for a longer time.

Donald L. Wilcox, DDS
Glendale Dentist
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Veneers vs bonding in a 16 year

Although veneer would be better long term you need to take the age of the patient into account here.  A 16 year old has a lot of growing to do and his gum will change position as the tooth continues to erupt.  If you place a veneer the chances are it will need to be replaced for cosmetic reasons earlier than if you wait a little to place the veneer. Done correctly the bonding should last until the permanent veneer can be placed. 

Leonard Tau, DMD
Philadelphia Dentist
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Consider This

While I absolutely think that porcelain veneers have superior strength and esthetics, you have to consider the age of the patient.  A 16 year old child has alot of growing to do and along with that there will be changes in the appearance of his/her gum position.  If you place veneers now, chances are they will need to be replaced in 5-6 years, far less than the expected lifespan of veneers.  As the gumline around your childs front teeth change, the margins of the veneers will become exposed. While veneers blend well with natural tooth structure, significant changes to the gumline will make them noticeable there-by greatly reducing their lifespan.  With adequate preparation your child should be able to have direct composite veneers placed that will give him/her a beautiful result and should last until he/she is ready for a more permanent solution.

Good Luck!

Gary Nack, DDS
Philadelphia Dentist

Veneers vs. Bonding in a 16y.o with white patches.

If the patches of white on the teeth are very stark, there will likely need to be some reduction of tooth in order to fully change the colour of the teeth.  Either techniques will produce potentially beautiful results.  The final look of the veneers will depend on the artistry of the master ceramist while the look of the bonding will depend on the artistry of the doctor.  Today's materials are both excellent, the decision should be made with your doctor, keeping in mind that a 16 year old will need to have the work redone several times in their lifetime.

Dan Hagi, DDS
Toronto Dentist
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Veneers will cover severe white patches better for longer than bonding

Porcelain veneers have a better ability to mask underlying discoloraion than bonding.  Also, veneers will keep their shade (color) and shine (glaze) much longer than bonding. Today's veneers can be made extremely thin with very minimal tooth preparation.

Jay Neuhaus, DDS
New York Dentist

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